Trending Landscaping Rocks to Add to Your Design

The term “landscaping” often brings to mind the different types of plants and flowers in a yard and the design they are planted in. But landscaping can also refer to sidewalks/walkways and other ornamental items in your yard. Today we want to talk about trending landscaping rocks to add to your design. Many people recoil at the thought of rocks in their yard, but they can be a very useful design element that can add to the overall aesthetic of your yard. Natural stone is a very versatile tool in landscape design. Rocks give you another element to add variety and contrast, they can provide durable groundcover, and require minimal maintenance.

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Pea Gravel

Pea gravel is often called by many other names. It may also be referred to as beach couples, Pete gravel, or river pebbles. All these names refer to small landscaping rocks that have been worn smooth over time by wind and water. These come in a wide variety of colors, which make them very versatile in landscaping applications.

Pea gravel is commonly used as ground cover and is light enough that it can be in place of mulch, even right up around plants. When using pea gravel, you want to make sure to use come type of edging or border. Because of the small size of these landscaping rocks, they can easily be washed away by the elements.

Using rocks as ground cover in place of mulch has many advantages. Due to the high durability of these small landscaping rocks, you would not need to replace it every year, like you do with mulch. Rocks can also inhibit weed growth, but it is still a good idea to put down weed barrier under the rocks.

River Rock

This is another option for landscaping rocks. They are similar to pea gravel, only a bit larger. They also come in a very wide variety of colors and shapes and have similar applications and benefits to pea gravel.

Rainbow Rock

Rainbow rock is another of the landscaping rocks available to you. It is again a bit larger than river rock. Many of the applications stay the same, although you may not want to use this as groundcover in a bed with smaller and more delicate plants. Because of it’s size, it may inhibit growth for those types of plants but it could work well with larger and more durable plants and shrubs. You could also use it to create a dry creek bed or a walking path.

Lava Rock

Lava rock is an option for landscaping rocks that is actually mined from volcanic lava domes. This landscaping rock is also very versatile and can be used for many purposes, many which overlap landscaping rocks already discussed. Because it does have a different color and texture, you can use it to create designs within the groundcover of a bed by mixing it with any of the landscaping rocks above that have a contrasting color.


Flagstone is a landscaping rock that you are likely already familiar with. It is widely used in landscaping design. Flagstone are larger flat pieces of stone that can be used for both decorative and function purposes in your landscaping. They are commonly used to create a walkway or as a patio. They can also be used as edging for other landscaping elements.

Large Landscaping Rocks

Boulders are the largest of the landscaping rocks available. They are often used as a focal piece or as an “anchor point” in your landscape design.

You can also use a couple of them grouped together to create a rock garden by adding low growing plants as groundcover and then fill in spaces with smaller rocks to complete the look. Another idea for boulders is to use small bounders to create a border to a pond, or water element, in your yard. Using small boulders can give a very natural look to a man-made water feature.

As you can see, the use of landscaping rocks in your design is almost limitless. Finding a landscaping contractor can help you define your vision and bring that to life in your yard. They may also be able to provide you with new ideas to enhance your own and help you achieve the best looking lawn in the neighborhood!